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Glancing upon me with a scornful nir, 
'V-'ho were thine Ancestors ?' he coldly :ukeJ. 
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My name or lineage, but the whole unr.iasked. 
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Early S a r g e n t s of New England 


Early S a r g e n i s of New England 

Two of the most distinguished 
members of the family, — 
Professor Charles Sprague Sargent 
John Singer Sargent — R. A. 


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From a photograph made by 
Miss Louisa Pulman Loring 
Prides Crossing, Mass. 

August, IQ2I. 

Early S a r g e n t s of New England 


Jonathan Serglant of Connecticut 



William Sargent of Ips\\tch 


William Sargent of Malden 


William Sargent, Senior, of Gloucester 


William Sargent, 2nd, of Gloucester 
Before 1678 


Peter Sergeant of Boston 


Stephen Sargent of Maine 


DiGORY Sargent of Boston 

Early S a r g c n i s of A' c u' B n r I a r. d 

Between 1633 and 1678, there came to New En,^;land ten 
or eleven men by the name o^ Sargent. The nanie v/as 
spelt in a number of wl-.vs — Sarjani, Sarpeant, Scr^.Cunt 
and Sarr^ent, for i!ic first, generation or two. The jr.ost 
prominent of this name we make reference to in the 
followin'; notes: 

Pa^e Li-:f.t 

Early Sargent^ of N e iv England 

I Jonathan Sergeant of Connecticut 
I 1644 

JONATHAN SERGEANT, in 1644, "took the Oath" 
at New Haven, Connecticut. According to the 
Brandforcl, Conn. Records, December 17, 1651, 
I occurred the death of the "Good wife Sargent" — in the 
I following year the head of the family who is described as 
t "A member of Ye Church at Brandford" died. 
; JONATHAN SERGEANT, the oldest of four cl-.ildren 
I of the above immigrant ancestor, left Connecticut about 
1 1668 and settled in New Jersey and became one of the 
- founders of Nev.ark. This second Jonathan had a son 
I named Jonathan 3id, from vhom descended Jonathan 
i Dickinson Sergeant, the cmiinent Jurist, who settled in 
I Philadelphia in 1777. He uas prominently identified 
i with the social and professional life of the Quake: Ciiy 
I for more than half a century. 
I One of the sons of the last mentioned Joi^iathan Sergeant 

was nsm,ed John, born in 1716. He was graduated at Yale 
[ and became arj ordained missionary to the Indians in 
> Western Massachusetts. He established a manual train- 
1 ing school for his wards and translated the New Testament 
j for them. Two sons of Rev. John Sargent were men of 
[ distinction, Erastus, lx)rn 1742, studied at Princeton, gradu- 
1 ated in medicine and was recognized as being the most 

skillful surgeon in a radius of thirty miles about Stock- 
I bridge, Nlassachusetts. 

i During the P^e volution he served as Major of the 7th 
j Mass. Regi:., taking part in the engagement near Lake 
! Champlain until Burgoyne surrendered. Another son. 

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[£ a r ly S a r g e n t s of N e vj B n [^ I a n d 

John Scr-car.t, jr., born in ]7-'J, oho studied at Princeton., 
wiis ordni:->cd as Congregational Clergyman and too'c up 
IJ-iC N\-ork amon.g the Indians established by his father, 
first at Sicchbridge, Mass. and aftcrv.-ards at Nc'.\- Sto^:!;- 
bridge, N. Y., when the Lndians were transferred to that 
■location, dex-otiiic; 26 >-ears to this service und bearing the 
highest repute among the reel nie.'i. 

JONATH.-\N SERGEANT, son of Jonadian Sergeant 
of Ne^\■ark and brother of the elder Rev. John Sergean: ii 
described as a men of good education and uidc iniluenc-^ 
in East jersey. yM>out 1750 he v/as chosen Treasurer o: 
the College of New jersey, now knov.n as Princeton 
IJniversi'y, then located in Ne'^ark. Me was deputized 
to choose a new location and selected Princeto;-!. He 
was one of the founders of the First Presbyterian CJhtnch 
in Princeton and v/as a delegate to trie Provincial Con- 
gress. He died just before the battle of I^rineeton in 1 7/7. 

As before mentioned, the Philadelphia branch of tl.c 
Sergeants had its foundation in Jonathan Dickinsoii 
Sergeant, so.n of joh.n, born in Newark in 17-'6. Me was 
graduated from Princeton College at the age of 16 and 
was duly acimitted to the bar. Me veas active an.d ec^n- 
spicuous prior to thic Revolution, was clerk and secretary 
in the Provisional Con\-ention to select delegates to the 
Continental Congress. Me miade the acquaintance of 
John Adams vehen the latter passed thru Neve jcccy Oii 
his veay to Philadelphia. In 1776 was chosen delegate lo 
the Contirienta! Congress. 

jOI IN SERGEANT, son of jonathaji Dickin':<)n Ser- 
geant 'A as born in 1779, graduated from Prii^eton Gjlkge 
and admiilted to the PJdladclphia Bar. Me early entered 

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Early S argents of New England 

public life and was actively identified with City, State 
and National affairs for many years, appointed by Gov. 
McKean Deputy Attorney General for Chester County, ap- 
pointed Commissioner in Bankruptcy by President Jeffer- 
son, elected to Congress in 1814 and served for three terms. 
In 1826 nominated as Whig Candidate for Vice-President 
on the ticket with Henry Clay. In 1840 again sent to 
Co.ngress. Declined appointment tendered by President 
flarrison as Minister to England and as Member of 
President's Cabinet. 

THOMAS SERGEANT, son of Jonathan Dickinson 
Sergeant admitted to Philadelphia bar in 1802. Clerk of 
Mayor's Court, Associate Justice of Dist. Court of Phila- 
delphia in 1814, Scc"y and Att'y Gen'I of Penna. 1819-1820, 
Postmaster of Philadelphia 1828-1 833. Thomas Sergeant 
married Sarah Bache, grandaughter of Benjamin Franklin. 

ESTHER SERGEANT, daughter of Jonathan Dickin- 
son Sergeant, married William C. Barton, who became one 
of the most distingiji?hed surgeons of his day; was also 
surgeon of the V. S. Navy end held profe^orship in the 
University of Penrjsylvania and Jefferson Medical College. 

MARGARETTA SERGEANT, daughter of John 
Sergeant and granddaughter of Jonathan Dickinson 
Sergeant, became the wife of General George Gordon 
Meade of Civil War fame. The third daughter of John 
Sergeant was the wife of Henry Alexander Wise, one of 
Virginia's most distinguished Sons. 

Thru marriage, these Sergeants are connected \\'ith tlie 
Cadv.-alladcr, Meade, Dixon, Gerhard, Myers and other 
v/cli known PlvMadebhia families. 

!^ui,e eleven 

Early S a r g c n I s of N c xu E n gl a n d 

There were fo'.-r iiriirii;;ranL Sargcntswiih the baptismal 
name of V\"i!!!;:;ii: 

One in Ipswich, Mass.. 1633 
One in MalJcn, Mass., 1638 
Two iri Glcjccsicr, Ma>>., 1649 and b:;forc 1678. 

Pa;c tuclic 

Early S a r g c n t s of New England 

William Sargent of Ipswich 

ly riLLlAM SARGENT— 1633, of Ipsvoch. Mass. 

\ry In Edwin Everett Sargent's book on this branch 
of Sargents, hs says that as far as his researches 
went, this W'lliiarn v. as the "son of .Richard Sargent who 
held an ofhce under tlic Queen." 

ELIZABETH PHIL.LIPS, a daughter of Richard 
Sargent and v.ife of Rev. George Phillips came over 
with her husband and two children in the shin "Arr?el]a;" 
arriving at Salem, Ma^s., June 12, 1630 in the fleet of 
seventeen ve^ssels of Co\'. Wmtlirop's Colony. She died 
soon after landing and was buried by the side of tiic 
Countess Arbella Johnson, wife of Isaac Johnson. It 
was the most distinguished company that ever cai'ne over 
and not one-fourth, of the names ha\'e been discovered. 
Salem and W'atertown were settled by these people and 
the Rev. George Phillips was the first minister settled at 
\\ ^tertown. 

'I he first record of Williami Sargent is in the General 
Court records of ^'Iass. Colony in April 1633 in an Act by 
said court protecting certain grantees of land then 
at Agawam, now Ipswich, iVIass., in their rights, and 
"Willm Srjeant" was one of them— the next record ii 
his oath of allegiance in 1639. He married, in 1633. 
Elizabeth, born March 3, 1611, daughter of John Perkins 
and Judith Cater. 

T h,e English Aixestors were related to that famous non- 
conlorml^l di-inc Rev. William Perkins, who livin:^ in the 

Pa}',e thirteen 

Early S a r g c n t s of A' c iv E n g I a r, d 

reign of El:.-:sbcih 15>S-]603, was a fellow of Cr. nst.'s 
College, Ccii-ibricgc, and an author of n-jv.cli repute fcirsonj; 
the c<!rly fathers of New E!;-ig!and. 

V/ILLIAM SARGENT v.^:? one of th^ •"PresiJentiar" 
men in Amesbury in 1667. He died in 1675. In his v.-ili 
sigi'icd and v.'itnesscd uw^cr Ch\Ji of 24th March, 1671-2 
and sv.orn to at Court i3th of April 1675, liis liame 
v-as spelt "Wiiiiani Sargent." 

The genca!' of this ff^ntily bears tcsiiip.oj-iy to th? 
patriotic serN'ices rendered by tl^^ese Sargents in both the 
Revolution.ary an.d Civil W'ari. iVIany ha\'e likev.ise 
served in tliC management of ci\-il affairs and been lisefui 
and respccied citirens. 

Johin /kdar/is, the second Presi::'ent of the United States, 
in his diary, as printed in Vol. II of "The Works of John 
Adams." Boston, 1S50, specks of having njet NATITKN- 
lEL PEASLEE SARGENT of Methuen, at Sa!cm Court 
House— an attorney and barristei' — (Harvard 1750j '"a man 
of sense, ingenuity, etc., bt;t not of fiuency, and tl-:Gt 
lie is the gei:it!eman \^■i:om Thaciier recoinmendcd for a 
Justice and admi.'cd for h:s correctness and co.ncise.ness 
and as another Eatner Read." iN.ATHANIEL PEAS- 
LEE S.ARGENT was of the fifth generation of this fam- 
ily. He was made Chief Justice of the Suj-^jcirie Cot;rt of 
Massachusetts. Died in 1791. 

' WINGATE PAYNE SAFxGENT of the seventh genera- 
tion was orxe of the promiiK-nt business men of thiis fainily 
— a partner of the old house of Sargent Bros. 6j Co. of 
Bos'-on. He was President of the \ lelrose Bank and served 
many years in the State Legislature, residing in .Melrose, 


Early S a r g e n( s of New England 

WILLIAM P. S.APvGENT of the eighth generation, 
1 819 — 1888, was another very successful mercliant. re- 
siding at Ameshury, Massachusetts. He a carriage 
manufacturer and all through New England, Sargent car- 
riages were famous, in fact, all over the Un.ited States. Lie 
was philanthropic and interes-ted in the development of 
iJie towns of Merrimac and Amesbury. 

JOHN KELLY SARGE>sT of the sixth generation, of 
Airicsbury (later !\'lerrimac) Xlass., 'oorn 1S02, was one of 
the pioneer abolitionists, a friend of Whittier and Garrison 
and writer for su chof the Eastern Massachusetts papers as 
would stand for ab\j!:ton sentiments. 

A true lover of nature was shown in the person of 
JAMES BATTLE SARGENT, of the eighth generation, 
horn 1823. In 1849 he crossed the plains ^\'ith an emigrant 
train arid settled in \\'ea\"ersvi!le, El Dorado County, Cai. 
In 1856 he went into ranching, purchasing 10,000 acres 
^\hich is called "Sargent's Juristac Rancho." He repre- 
sented the State Legislature in 1872. In 1877 was made 
President of the Santa Clara Valley Agricultural Sociefy. 

Tlie family has been well represented not only in la"-.',-, 
n'linistry and business, but also in literary work. By 
many deligiuful contributions, GEORGE HENRY S.AR- 
GENT, of the ninth generation, has added laurels to the 
family name. He began journalism in St. Paul in 1889 
and in 1896 returned to Boston v-.'here he became one of the 
literary editors of the Boston Transcript taking up biblio- 
graphy as a specialty. 

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Early Serpents of N e 'lo £ n ^i I a n d 

William Sargent of Malclcn 

ILLIAM SARGENT of Maiden. Mass. cra'ne to 
is coi:r;try iii th3 year 163S. He first settled in 

Chailcrlovs-n and from there went to Nialoen. 
He is referred to as being n lay preacher from 164-^-1650 in 
Maiden. He rcmo\x-d to Barnstable about 1656; in a 
letter written by him date of 4:h mo. 1661 29Lh day, he 
signs his naiiic — "Willm Saargeant." He signs his! 
dated 9th March 16.79-80 

"Williai'n Serjeant." 
On the gravestones of two sons — ^John at:d Saniuel, in one 
case the name is spelt— 

"Jolin Sargant" 
witli Samnel — 

' 'Samu el Sa rge n l" ' 

thus it is sho'An that there Nvas no definite way to spell the 

The Genealogy" of this branch has been followed carefully 
and with more success than with others of this name. 
Aaron Sargent's book publiilied in 1895, records the family 
as far back as Hugh Sargent of Courteenhall Co., Xort'-»- 
arnptonchire, Eng., born about 1535, died 1595-6, and 
forms connections with the Washii-igton, Partiger, Sam- 
well and Gi.O'ord families. 

The family o!" Gi fiord is of high authority. Ti:ey v/ere 
seated at Honfieur in Normandy in the Eighith Century 
and connected with royalty. W'c find i.n the pages of 
Aaron Sargent's b^ok thai the faiiiiiy v.erc engaged in 
literary lines and th.e law, and were micn of marked 
business inter;riiv. 


Early S a r ge nt s of New England 


JONATHAN, son of John (of the second generation) 
and Lydia, 1677-1754, was a selectman in Mo'den three 
years and a representative sQ.\Qr\ years. '"Gave a quarter 
of an acre of land for a meeting house." 


Jonathan's son, NATHAN, 1718-1799, and his brother- 
in-law, JOSEPH, 1716-1802, v.ere the first to move from 
K4alden to Leicester, and each seems to have been im- 
portant in the community. From General Samuel 
Anc!rews" cliart of the descendants of Nathan Sargent is 
taken the follo'A'ing: 

■"His (Nathan's) son, Samuel, in 1775 was a memi- 
ber of Captain. Seth Washburn's company of miriute- 
men. On the 19th of April the alarm reached Leices- 
ter of the ad\'ance of the British troops toward Gi-n- 
cord. The Company, in their march to oppose them, 
halted at Nathan Sargent's house. His wife, N-lary 
Sargent, daughter of Joseph, finding the members 
deficient in bullets, hastily melted the leaden weights 
of the clock, poured the lead into bullets and dis- 
tributed them among the men." (The credit oi 
such an act having been laid at the door of so m.any 
good women of that period, it miust have been a not 
uncommon service to the ill-armed defendants in the 
War of Independence.) 


SAMLEL, 175-i-lS25, was in the Continental A'-my at 
the battle of Bunker Hi'l and at the surrender of Burgoyne. 

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Early S a r g c n t s of N c w England 


ISAAC, 1769-lS?], v;as a pliysician and proniincnl 
citizen in Fo:t Ann, Ncv-.- York. 

JOHN, !77C-!S29. A graduate of Ya!e (Class 1793) 
with Irjnoi'S. 

HOX. NATHAX SARGENT, ]79-:-lS75, was Judge of 
iTic Couit of Con^jno;-! l^lcas, Ji;dgc of Probate Court, 
Sergeaiit-ar-Arn-iS of t;vc U. S. House of Reprcsentati\'es, 
Registcr-Gcnera! of the U. S. L^^nd Ofilce, Rc^;!^tcr of the 
Treasury arid Conm'iissioncr of Customs. I Ic was also a 
]X)liiica] v.riter under the pen name of "'Oliver Old School." 
author of "Public Men and Events." 


LEOXARD, 1793-lSbO, of Xlanchester, Vermont. Was 
Lieut. -Cox'ernor of \'en'nont for tv.o years, State Attorney 
three years, Ju:ige of Prolate Cci;rt tv.chc yca^s, mem- 
ber of \'ermont State Council of Censors for more than 
forty years and for the latter part of the time its President. 

HOMER EARLE SARCEXT, of the seventh gener- 
ation, born Leicester 1?22; after receiving liis education 
in the famous Leicester .Academy tcx^k up railrc^ad v. orb in 
the west. He vn as in ch.arge of the Operating Depart iTicnt of 
the Michiga.n Central Railway for many \"ears. Was on.c of 
the origi.nators and a director of the Union Stock ^'ards at 
Chicago and also a Director of the Palace Car Co. 

jOHX S. S.ARGEXT of the seventh generation, born 
Leicester, Mass., 1839, connected with Michigan 
Ccr.tral P.ail'oad until bS75, when he engaged in private 
busi.'"icss. Was active in several patriotic organirations. 

Pg^c eiAli't'cn 

Early S a r g e nt s of New England 

His interest in Puritan and Pilgrim ancestry led him to 
seek his connection in England, resulting in his admirable 
introduction to the "Maiden" line, in Aaron Sargent's 
"Sargent Genealogy," published in 1S95. 

AARON SARGEN'T of the eighth generation, horn 
Ctv^rleirown, Mass., 1822, was of the firm of Nathaniel 
W'irisor & Co., Bo-.ton merchants. Retired in 1S72, and 
SLibsequcntiy held several fiduciary positions. Was the 
compiler of the last edition (1895) of the Sargent Genea- 
ology, of the Mol-.-'en line. 

SAMUEL DUNCAN SARGENT of the eighth gener- 
ation, born 1828, was a prominent Boston resident. From 
1 8S4 to his death in 1 903 he spent his summers at Mt . Desert, 
and was one of the pioneers of the summer colony in North- 
east Marbor, and keenly interested in its development. 
Pvaised most of tlie money for building the roadway along 
Som.e's Sound, named "Sargent's Dri\'e," in his memory. 

JOSEPH BR/\DFORD SARGENT of the eighth gener- 
ation, born Leicester, Mass., 1822, was one of the most 
successful manufacturers of the family, organizing Sargent 
& Company of New Haven, Conn., and the manufacturers' 
agency of the same name in New York City, and was 
known to the hardware trade far and near, at home and 
abroad. He filled many }X)3itions of trust in the city of 
his adoption (New Haven), of which he was Mayor 1891- 
1895. He made t wo journeys around the world, 1887-1891, 
and died 1907. 

GEORGE HENRY SARGENT, brother of the fore- 
goi;ng, born Leicester, Mass., 1828, Harvard '53, was 
associated in th;e business of Sargent & Company for sixty- 

Pci£e nineteen 

Early S a r g e n t s of New England 

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Early S a r g e ni s ofXeio E n gland 

Siiirgcnt Dri\-c— Mo'jnt Drscrl, Maine 
named after S:-;:nuel Duncan Sargent— 

Pcigc hrenty-o.' 

Early S a r g c nt s oJNew E n i I a n d 

four years, du.ring vshich time he Vs'as personally kn.) .-.■n zind 
beloved by most of the hardware trade of this country. 
Was President of i]^rCo:i:ipanic-s, 1007 to hisdea-h in 1917. 
Was a meniljcr of the Union League, Harvard and Hard- 
wore Clubs of New York City and Director of the Mercan- 
tile National Bank of New ^ ork, and Fidelity Trust o: 
Nevs' ^'ork. Was for years a generous Trustee of the ol:' 
Academy of the rov.n of his birth; where in later years he 
spent his summers, and was buried. 

HENRY BIVV.DFORD SARGbNT of the nintii gener- 
ation, born New York City 1S51, eldest son of Joseph 
Bradford Sargent — Yale 1871 . In 19 17, he succeeded to the 
Presidency of Sa-gent 6v Company, New Haven, Ccrin. and 
Chicago, III. As a Yale junior v. as member of l-'rof. O. C. 
Marsh's palcontological expedition to the Bad Lands o^ 
Nebraska, Wyoming and Utah. He was elected by gradu- 
ate \ote for tr;ree successi\-c si.x-\ear tenris as Fel;o'.\-, or 
Trustee, of t hie Yale Uni\-ersity Corporation, now emeritus, 
declining a rencmination in 1920. Associated in various 
positions of tru^t. and philanthropic work. Thru marriage 
these Sargents h.ave allied thcjnse'ves to many of the old 
New England fama'ies— Andrews, Denny, Cur[is, Cutting, 
Hen^^haw, Winslow, W'orcester and many otlvrr^—see 
Andrews and Dennv genealogies. 

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j£ arly S a r ^r. c n t s of Nc w Englan d 

William Sargent, Sr. of Gloucester 

>? "V 7 ILLIAM SAMGENT, SR., of Gloucc-ter, Mass. 
: '\ h I h:,J ■; r^rani of hn:l in 1649. Born June 20, 162-1, 
^ ' ciiccll-cb. 19, 1717. He niarried Abigail, daughter 
c-/ Eclmuncl Ciai-k and A:ines Tybl^ii. He was a Sclecl- 
rnan many vca» and rc-p:c^cntalive in 1671 and 1691 . 1 he 
•ecords of this branch h.ave not been follo-.ved i:p with any 
decree of accuracy. Bab.on in his history of Gloucester 
refers to a irjniber of th.e descendants— a large number are 
i^v; livin<; in ilic cast c:-.z\ of Gape Ann, and some moved 
■^from Glwccster to Maine, vdure desccndarus are no^:-' 
-found. Sargcntville, Maine, was named after this branch. 
■ It is of interest to note in connection with th'.s lamily, 
that -Sarc^ent-s Mountain" at Mount Desert was named 
for STEPHEN SAlvGENl", who was born in Gloucester, 
Oct. 21, 1753 and died at Mount Desert. He was the 
crandson of V.'-.lliarn Sar-ent, Sr. 

^A nreat grandson, CAPTAIN N.ATH.^Nj EL SAR- 
GENT, had a wonderful e.-perience in connection with tnc 
inN-entor of steam vessels, Robert Fulton, and t'n.c French 
■ Republic. Il seems worth while to record here an extract^ 
from a family letter written by Captain Israel Trask of 
Gloucester. Mass.. to his wife, dated Paris. October 12, 


•T\>or Capl Natb.anicl Sargent left Paris a few days 
before 1 arrived. He is by dire necessity driven to a for- 
lorn liopc. He and two other Americans have unclertaKcn. 
as 1 understand, to destroy the British Navy by means of 

Pa^e l-j cniy-l'n:cc 

Ea I I y S a r g c n t s o J \' c iv H n g I a n d 

Paf.1- liccn' :-Lur 

Early S a r g c n t s of l\' e iv E n gla n d 

S'^-rgcnt Mountain 

Kaincd eflcr Stephen Snr;;ent 

Phologrol^hcd by 

Walter L. Head, Bangor, A' cine 

from X^'ttiUtcns Beach, I:-'-::fcrd, Maine 

i'loyin:', Sr.rgent :Ac-jn( (on ic/l) 

nc.ri, Buc'li.:, Pcrn:::ic. ar.i 

Cadillac (old nan\c, Crccn Mountain) en ri^hl 

Pa^c iuenty-fne 

Early S a r g c n t s of j\' c u' E n r^ I c r. d 

a iiivcrition of 3n Aiiicrican by tiie n&mc of Fiilton, 
who h one of ihc three in the expe>;!!tion. The invention 
is a vessel built of eopper, called in the Frcnel"i la;';^,u?.ge 
"Bateati Poisjon/' v.hich carrier- th.e do'-il"^le'if; of 
a small vessel an^l a fish, on account of Iict i-ia\"ijr.Lin;4 
under v.-ater like a n:-h. They can li\-e under v.-ater, v. ith- 
out the least necessity of coniin.r; on its surface for four 
hours, and by machinery go at t'nc rate of three miles an 
liour under v/ater. It is of so wonderful const !"ueiion 
t.liat vrhcn they want to change or refrc.sli thiC confined 
air in trie vessel, vrhich is a'x>ut every four hoisis, 
ihey are not obliged to sho'.-r then-iscl\-cs on ilie sur- 
face of tlie vrater, but raising tiiemseb^es pretty near th? 
surface, tl'icy let v:p a tube by which th.ey force out tlic 
rcspirated air and let in fresh. W'hen they are sailing on 
the surface of the water and are pursued by the enemy c-nd 
can't get rid of him oth.erwi-e, they fold up tr.eir sails, 
strike their masts and close up their ship and dive i;r.der 
water like a porjx^isc. Fulton, thic in\'cntor of I'ne n'la- 
chine, cominancls tiic cxpeditio)") and has the grade cn an 
"Admiral" from thas governnicnt, and Sargent, who is 
second, has a '"Captain of a Man of War" con-:mission, 
and the other whose name 1 am ignoraiit of and who with 
the otl ler two compose their w h;ole company, has "Lieuten- 
ant's" Commission. 

"Their agreement with thi^ go\ernment is, for e\-ery 
British Man-of-W'ar they sirik, they arc to have twenty 
tho'usand pounds sterling. Tliey have made se-.eral ex- 
pcrimcnt.s and bIo\^-n up sever:-! liulks lying in French 
ports, but should they unfortunately be captured by the 
English, they will n^ost undoubtedly be treated as incen- 

Pci,<' itu-r.ty'-ii: 

Early S a r g e n t s of N e iv England 

diaric-s, notwirlvstanding iric commissions they liold from 
ihis govcrnni'.Tit. My r.cart aches for poor Sargcni, lo 
think his situation should oblige him to embrace so for- 
lorn a hope. Me de?er\-ediy bears a \cry good character 
in Pai'is, and is eiteejr.ed l"iy all v.r.o know him. There 
are \'cry few inen who lia\'e experienced such a conti.nuancc 
of cruc! misfortunes as he lias done. He has been on the 
point sc's'eral limes of making a very hiandsome forfjne 
that would hia\ e enabled iiim to return to Ariierica, whicli 
he so much de>ires, but lias had alv'.ays his propcjty cap- 
tured cirlic-r by the F"rei".ch or English, v.iiic'a left him 
as miserable as when l-.e set out." 

GEORGE \ lYxRIG SARGENT, born Sargentville, Me., 
1830, died 1913, and who married Helen Durhami in 1853, 
was j-^eihaps o-ie of the most successful and progressive 
men of triis branch. In the early '70s he settled in Qiicago 
aiid buill up a large b'usiness in. the manufacture of steel 
products, out of v.iiich has grown the .^nverican Steel 
Foundries an.d ti:e Am.erican Brake Shoe &: Foundry Gom- 
pan>\ He left two sor.s, William D. Sargent and G<:ov'2,e 
H. Sargent, who ha\'e responded to his nian\' \'irtues and 
command the respect of the b'jsiness men of the Countr\'. 

'• Pa^f tircnty-ceicn 

Early S a i ^i c n t s of A' e ir Engl a n d 

William Sargent, 2nd, of Gloiiccsler 
Before 1678 

'ILLJAM SARGENT, the second, so cc'l-J l-y 
BabjC'i! in hiis history of Gloucester, appears in 
Gloucester sometime before 1678. This breneh 
of ih.c Sirgents h-T? produced to a m.arkcd degree men of 
distinct io.n, v.iio have attained h.igh rank in their chosen 

This WdlHam Sar<;ent, who came from England to Glou- 
cester, probably near the middle of the Seven:c:!;ih Ce'> 
tury, is the first of the family of whom we ha\ e record. 
He soon left Gloucester, but was followed by a son, also 
named William. To Irim was granted two acres of land 
on Eastern Point in 1678, the year in which he married 
Mary Duncan of Gloucester. Sixteen children were born 
of this marriage, but of the sons, only t;:ie fifth, EPES, leit 

Little is known of t'ne first and second generations of the 
family; and any really authentic account of tl-,ese Glou- 
cester Sargents must start with Epes of the third genera- 
tion, from who.m they are all descended. Me was born in 
Gloucester in 1690 and became, like several of };is descend- 
ants, a prosperous and higldy respected ijicrchunt. After 
the death of his first wife in 1743, I'lC moved to Salen-i, 
Mass., where he died nineteen years later. Fifteen chil- 
dien \\-erc torn to Rpts Sargent. Of his eight sons, foui- 
onh' left dcrceiidants. The oldest of tbresc four sons, tlie 
second EPES (1721-1779) was up to the tinie of the Re\'0- 
lution, a stjcccssf-u! rnercliant and ship owner. Mis in- 

Pa^e hrcnly-cij^.hl 

Earl y S a r g c n Is o j N c vj E n fj a n cl 

tcrcst. in John Klurray, ihc; Universal isL clergyman, v,-h:0 
Nvas induced to connc to Gloucester by hin'i and his brot'ncr 
Winihrop, brought religious persecution on the Sargcnrs. 
jwid Hpe-s SargoTt furrher suffered and was finally ruined 
financially by his loyalty to tlve Motlier Country at the 
breaking, out of the Rcvolu.tion,. The best known descend- 
ants of I he second Epes Sargent were, his great grandsons, 
JOHN OSBORNb: SARGENT (lSll-lS91,Harva'-dIS30j, 
classical scholar, k.wyer, editor, Overseer of Harvard College 
and an early Presid.Tit of xhz f-Iarvard Club of Nev; ^'ork, 
and his brother EPES (1813-lSSO), the industrious and 
successful author, editor and compiler. His "Sargent's 
Siandard Speaker'" is remembered by miany men wh.o 
were boys fifty or sixty years ego. Boston micn, w ho v.-crc 
hoys in the fifties and sixties of the last century remember, 
loo. another of the great grandsons of Epes Sargent, Jr., 
the famotis schoolmaster, EPES SARGENT D1XV,-ELE 
(1807- 1899, Harvard 1827), headmaster of the Boston 
Latin Sch.ool and later of a popular and successful pri\-ate 
scl-iool for boys. 

WINTHROP SARGENT (1727-1703), the fifth ck.iki of 
the first Epes, was an o.Ticer in 1 743 on a sloop of war at the 
taking of Louisburg and Cape Breton. h'l spite of his 
activity in introducing Universalism into Gloucester, 
he became one of tb.e nyjst influential and respected citizens 
of the tow n. He v. as a member of the Coirimittec of Public 
Safety during the P^cvolution, a rneniber of the Convention 
fo; Eon:;-!ing the State Constitution of 1779, and a m.ember 
of the General Court in 1788. The fiist cbiUrch devoted 
to the Si:)read of tlve Univcrsalist belief v/as built in the 
garden of Winlhroo Sargent's home in Gloucester. His 

Po^'.c I litTi !y- nil It 

Early S a r g e n t 3 of N e iv E n gl a nd 

oldest chilJ, J UDiTI-I (1751-1820) n^arricd for IkT second 
husband John Murray, wliohad bnxight the Unix'crsaiist 
creed from Eiif;land to Air.crica and had rccch'cd cncour- 
sgemcnt c-.nd substantial help from the Sargent family. 
Mrs. Murray is pcrbi-aps belter remembered by two beau- 
tiful ]x->rirait,s, Oi'ie by G^pley, painted probably at the 
time of her first marriage, \<\y:.i-\ she nwqs only ei,;;hLeen 
years old, and tr.c by Stuart, painted in the first 
years of the ninc'icciith century, than she is remcnabered 
by tlie proJucls of lier industrious pen, which arc noNV as 
Y/cI! forgotten as rei'nenibered. 

WinthropSargent'soldes.tson.WLNTHROP (1753-1820, 
Har\-ard 1771) served with distinction through tlie Revo- 
lutionary V/ar, obtaindng the rank of Major, Qr.d was a 
Charter Member of the Order of Cincinnati. After the 
war, he was one of the orc^anizers of die New Ohio Co.. and 
became it,s Sur\cyor-General. On tlve organization of the 
Northwest Territory, he was appoirited i^s Secretary. Mc 
served wit/i distinction as Adjutant-General in Saint 
C!air"s disastrous campaign against tlie Indians, and was 
wounded \v\ the battle oi Miami Village. Wlien tr,e 
Mississippi Territory vvas organized, Winthrcp Sargent was 
appointed by President Adams its first GoverriOr, and 
arrived in Nateb.ez in 179S. When Adanis suc- 
ceeded by jdi^r^on, the Go'eernor vras renio\-ed from 
ofhce and Winthrop Sargent became a successful cotton 
planter and continued to li-.e in Natchez until the timic of 
his death. His m.ansion at Natchez, to which he gave the 
name oi Glosier Place, was occupied by his de^x-.'-idants 
until 18S0 and is still standing, 'fhe most distinguished 
of Go\-ernor Sargent's d'.scendants v. as his giandson, 

f _ _ 

Pa-e thirty 

E a r I y S a r g c nl s o J N c xr E n g I a n d 

another V.'JNTHRO? SAPvGENT (1625-1S70, Harvard 
Law School 1847) a m2n of leitcrs, best ];r,o%\n by his "Life 
of Major Andre"" and his "Acco'jnt of Braddock's Defeat." 
A grancld?.ughter of the Governor was one of the famous' 
bcaiuies of iier day, and as famous for her wit as for her 
beauty; and it is interesting that one of his great grarid- 
daughters v/as the frrst v-oman elected a n:ember of th,e 
London City Ccvjnci!. 

FJTZW'ILLL-WI (1768-1S22) the youngest son of Win- 
throp, son of the first Epcs, was also a sucecssful s:-:ip 
owner a.'-id merc;-jani in Gloucester. His oldest son V, L\- 
THROP (1792-lS7-i) moved to Philadelphia, where he has 
been succeeded by four generations of W'inthrop Sargents 
in direct ccscent. A son of W'inthroo and a grandson of 
Fitrwilham, DR. FLFZW' ILL I AM ' SARGENT (1S20- 
1839) married, in 1850, Mary Xewbo'.d Singer (1826-1906) 
of Philadclohia. From tliis marriage was born in Florence, 
Italy, on January 12, 1S56, JOHN SLXGFR SARGFXT, 
who, in the passage of tim.e the world will hold to be one of 
the most distinguished men of Anieriean descent. 

The sc-N-enth^child of Epes Sargent, DANIEL (1731- 
1805), was tive greatest nverchant of a family which has 
proo'uced many sucecssful men. of affairs. Fie iiiarried iri 
1763, Xiary, the beautiful daughter of John Turner, a 
Salem merchant, the third ovener of that namic of the house 
in whic'i Ijis dai:gh:er Mary was born, m.ade fanious by 
Hawthorne as "The Flouse of the Seven Gables." Later 
Daniel Sargent moved to Boston and li\'cd and died in a 
splendid house surrounded by a large gar.ien, at tlve corner 
of what are now Essex and Lincoln Streets. Nearly all 
tlic Boston Sargents arc descended fromi Daniel Sargent 

Pi7 'c l!.:rt\-ci'. 

Early S q r g e n I s of N e w Engl a n d 

end i'vlary Tu-rrxr, who hod sc\'en c!-ii!drcn. ITicir second 
son. IGNATIUS. v,-as the rrrandfather of CHARLES 
SPRAGb'E SARGENT (1S41- , Harvard College lc62). 
HENRY (1/76-h^-;^), then founh son, was an artisf of 
distinction v.l"/) painted several portraits of iiiernbcrs of the 
family and ii best kn(.)\\n by i lis picture of th>c "Lanciirjj; of 
the Pj!2rin:;s,'" now at Plymoiuh. The artistic taste of this 
branch of tlie Boston Sargents sliown in W'oodenethe 
on t'ne H;j:!soii Pvi\"cr. in what is now Bcaco:'i, the coiJi"!iry 
home of the son of Henry Sargent, HENR^' WdNTHROP 
(1810-18S2) Harvard 1S30, and in its day on.e of the most 
beautiful gardens in the United States. Ll'ClUS MAN- 
LIUS SARGENT (17^6-1 £67), the youngest son of Daniel 
Sargent, is tl.c bcit known of his children. An c.\celler:t 
classical sch.olar, although troubles at th;e college in the 
"days of hard cider aiid pewter platters," led to a rebellion 
over the "Corni'nons" and prc\-entcd Sargent from gradu- 
ating with biis Harvard Class of 1804. He was an easy, 
volun'iinous ar:d tireless \\Titer and is now best rem.en'ibcred 
by his "Dealings with ti"ic Dead." in which he gatl-iei'cd a 
series of articles written for the press, and filled with 
interesting iiiformation about old Boston a)";d its irihabi- 
tants. Lu(..ius Klanlius Sargent was one of the most in- 
dustrious speakers and writers in the cause of temperance 
and his "Temperance Tales" j^as^ed tlirough many Cviiitions, 
and in tljcir day had great i.n'luence. The two sons of 
Lucius Manlius Sargent, HOx^ACE BINNEY SARGENT 
and LUCIUS Xf.ANLiUS SARGENT, ]R., served with 
distiriction i.n the Ci\il War and the younger who Ixire 
his name was killed in battle. 

I-'c:;e ihiriy :v.o 

Early S a r g c n ( s of New England 

PAUL DUDLEY SARGENT (1745-1S27) a son of YLpcs 
S:;:"c;c!"!t by Iris secon:] wife, Caiherii'ie V/inthrop, was the 
iviosL o'isiinguished so'dier of die Sargent family. Xlarch- 
inf! fron'! Arril'iCrst:, New Hanipshire, to Concord, with a 
company of \ olvinrccrs, he only £rri\"cd after the Aghi v/as 
o\cr. Near Burilccr LJili he was slightly wounded. Me 
was at one lime an aide-de-camp of Washington, in com- 
pany with Lafa\ette, with whom he fori-ncd a lasting 
friendship; he later commanded two Xlassachiisctts regi- 
ments and entered Boston at the hiead of his regim.ent 
after tlic c\'acuation by th.e British. After the war Colonel 
Sargent unsuccessful in business and m.oved to Sulii- 
\'an, Mairjc, where he lies under a monument erected in 
his i"!Kiriory on ilic sh.ores of PYcnchmian's Bay. Many of 
his descendants are lixing in the state of his adoption. 

.Arnold Ariroretiuri, whose "Sil's'a of North .■Vi'ncrica" is 
a monumental prodtictioi'i of human achievement, and 
jOMN SINGER SARGENT have inherited the virtues 
o! the fan'iily and carried tlie nai:;-!e of Sargent to greater 
distinction than any of their ancestors. 

1 lie re arc family jx)i traits by Copley, Stuart, Smibert, 
St. Mei"i!n, Mancird, TrujnbuH, Pien.ry Sargent and jolin 
Singer Sargent. 

1 his branch of th.e Sargents have allied thcn~:sei\ es 
ihrougli marriage to many of the old New England 
families— Winthrops, Dudleys, Symonds, Haskells, Wol- 
cotis, Griswolds, Pierpc>nts, Sai:nders, Robinsons, Corv. ins, 
Gicenleafs, 1 luntin.gtcn^;, Houghs, Saltonsialls, Lowells, 
Eilerys. Parsons and\\'orccsters,and to the Binney, Browne, 
Ncv.b-old and Tunis families of Philadelphia. 

Pafc ihirly-lhfcc 

Early S a r g e n ( s of N c xv England 

Peter Scrgeat'it of Boston 

'T'^^l^ThR SERGEANT came from London, England, in 
,'*^ 1667, sn "opulent merchant," w^as chosen on.e of ilic 
Cc-mmiiice of Safety at Boston iijxr.n ti"ie c\'erun;ci\\' 
of Go'v'crnor Andros, a Mcn"ibcr of ilic Go\'einor's Goui^cil, 
one of trie Ji'd^uc-s of the Cctirt of Oyer ^ncl Terminer for 
the tri?.l of v.itciies in 1602. His first wife was Armc 
ShrirnptC'rj, his second wife Lady X'lary, whom he n-;£rj-ied 
Oct. 9, ]/01, widow of Gov. William Piiipps of Massa- 
chusetts. Slie was the daughter of Roger Spencer of 
Maine (Spencer, Mass. deri\-ed its name froni tliis family). 
His third wife was Mehitabel, widow of Thon'ias Cooper 
and daugh.ter of James Minot. Peter Sergeant died Oct. S, 
17)4 and left no children. He built a mansion in Marl- 
boro, which was a part of Boston, one of the most costly of 
the The bricks were i.mix)rted from England, it 
was three stories in height with a cupola, the wb:ole stir- 
mounted by the figTire of an Indian Chief w ith drawn bow 
and arrow. The letters and figures 16 P. S. 79 were 
wrought in the iron work of the balcony. The house was 
situated near Washington Street, opiX)site the old South 
Chuich. ] t was sold Dec. 17, 1715 for two thousand three 
hundred pounds sterling, to the (^ity of Boston and was 
used dtiring the Provincial Government by the Governor. 
It was bt:;-nt 0:1. 25, 1860 (?). Peter Sergeant used the 
Sargent Arm,s as foi.nd in docu.n-ients at Sakrn, Kvass., aljo 
irnj~>alcd them with the '■Shr;n\rMon"" and "Spencer" Arms, 
and this jr.ust have been about 1667-S. 

Pcfc lhirl\--hj,- 

Early S a r g e r. t s of N c w li n /; land 

In Drake's hisiory of Boston 1630-1770 there is siiov.n 
en inipicssion fro:"n aii original j-i^^'i-^^'''^"- ^'"i^' ^''^ i'is-'^ ^'•'"'^1 
spells his name — 

"Pctc! Sergeant." 

1-Ie was e\'ic'cntly a rnan of impoiiaiice, for v/e fm.' Ivirn 
mentioned in impoi'.ant m.itters cA Scale, and associated 
with Gov. Scouf^hton, Natt. Saltonstall, th.e Wintl'irops, 
Jonathan Corwin, cte. 

: Pa^c ihirly-fa-e 


Early S a r g e n I s of New England 

Stephen Sargent of Maine 

QTEPF-IEN SAMGENT ca:r,e from PlymouLh,, En^- 
. 't larid about. 163S. First aroeared at Winter's Island, 
a fishing siaiicn offlxorth East of Maine; he died at 
Isle of Sl-iOals before 1649. Joiin, a sup]x.>scd son v.t;:; ari 
early settler of Saco. Maine, was a Lieutenant in 16S0 and 
was a representati\c to thic General Court in 1684 h;]d by 
Thomas Danfortii, Deputy Gov. 1679- I6S6 and appointed 
President in 1680 for Maine (""Savage Plistory of N. E.") 
There are i^io further records of this branch. 

Pu/c l!.:ri\-iix. 

Early Sar gents of N e lu England 

Digorv Sargent of Boston 

■■%. IGORY SARGENT was the ancestor of many of 
of l-h.c norr.c in South Eastern VcnTiCxM an.i first 
appears on records as a soldier in King Pi-^ilip's 
War in .Nov. 1675 in the roll? of Boston men. Mis an- 
cestry is unknown. Nov. 11, 1673 he took the oath of 
alie^ianxc in Boston. Idis iiame appears in ".A list of 
persons belonging to the South Corripany of I.^vo;.ton liable 
to Watch themselves, or by their nior'icy to proeuse Watcli- 
mcn; as they were marshalled Oct. 13, 1679." In 16S5 or 
soon after, he removed to Worcester in company with 
others, in tlie second attempt at settling tliat place. Oct. 
13, 1693, he miarried Constaiice Jamics of Boston. They 
were married in Boston by Rev. Cotton Mather. He set- 
tled at Sagatabscoit Hili (So. Worcester) in 16S6. Mc 
c!e<ared his land, suffered pri\-ations, often v.-arned to leave 
as the hidians were constantly dri\ing the inhabitants 
away. Early in the Spring of 1702 he was killed in his 
home which he had fortified. Captain Thomas Howe of 
K'jarlboro with his company of twelve m.en were on the 
march to protect Sargent but u\-x>n arrival found hiih 
murdered a;'id scalped, his family gone and his house 
de^oIate. Mother and children v.'crc taken capti\'es and 
marched to Canada. While going over the hill the 
Motiier who was in feeble health, ft.-'! behind and was killed 
by the Indians; tb.e children, Martha, John, Dardel, 
'IT.omas and Mi.My were takeii lo Canada as prisoi-^ers. 
Daniel and .\Iar>- grc'.v vp and remained with tlje Indians 

Paie thirty s.icn 

Early S a r g e n t s of j\' c w Engl c n d 

and married inio die tribes. K fary once came to X-Iassa- 
chusetis in company with the W'iliiams family, who had 
been captured by the hidians at Decrfielcl. Martha was 
redeemed, I'eturncd and I'narried Daniel Shattuck at Mari- 
boro, Sept. 6, 1719 a!:id Ii\'cd lipon the old farm which siie 
inherited by will made by her father in 1696. Thomas re- 
turned to Boston as ev.vly as 1 7 1 5 . In 1 722 he was scnri.'iel 
in the command of Capt. Samuel Bernard, 1723-4 was 
sentinel in garrison at Xorthfield, Mass. with his brotlier 
Jolin in Capt. Joseph. Ke!ioc:g"s company and with scouting 
parties out of Korth.^iCld up to 1728, after which date all 
traces of him were lost. 'Th?. son John returned to V7or- 
cestcr and was ori the farm up to 1721. In that year he be- 
caiTie a scout and interpreter in the service of the Pro\'ince 
of MassachiusctcS, un-dc' Lieut. Joseph Kellogg at North- 
field. In 1722 he was a sentinel under Capt. Samiuel Ber- 
nard, he was a corporal rmder Capt. Joseph Kellogg and a 
sergeant up to 1730. F"rom 173S-45 he was a Lieut, under 
Capt. Kellogg, 1747-S at Fort Dui-niiier ui^ider Capt. Josiah 
Willard (see Xlass. Archives 6: History of Northficki) . I- Ic 
also acted as interpreter at the Klission established by 
John Sergeant (grandson of Jonaihan Sergeant of Brar;d- 
ford. Conn.) at Stockbridge, Mass. Me married July 4, 
1727 Abigail, daughter of libenceer and Mercy Bagg Jo^vrs 
■of Si^ringficld, Mass. On the 29ih of March 1748 the 
Indians attacked some of the men belonging to k'ort Dum- 
mer as they were working in th.e fields and Lieut. Sargent 
was lulled with some others. Tradition states, that the 
scalp of Sargeiit was in the jx.v^ession of the fan"iil\' fo; 
-nearly eighty years. Mis son Daniel was captured arid 
takcii to Canada. His i-on Jo.'-;n cseai-ed. 

Pare thirl\iri/fJ. 

Early S a r [; c n i s of N c iv England 

DANIEL SARGCNT, 3d (Lieui. Jolm 2, Dir^ory 1) 
before noted as h.aving been lakcn ccpti\"c at ihe time his 
father Y.oS Icilled, returned in June 1749 — from that date 
to 1752 lie &er-:tinci under Capt. joocph Willard at 
Fort D.n-nmcr. He married J lily 20, 1751 Dinah, daugh- 
ter of Benjamin and Mary Jones of Springfield, Mass. 
]n 1755 he sentinel iri Cap^ Elija Williams' Company 
of Decrneld, Mass. in the Crown Point expedition. In 
1756 he Y/as scntii-iel in the command of Capt. Nathan 
W'illard a': Fort Dummer. FJe diid between 1784-1793 
le-a\'ing a numl.-^er of children. 

COL. JOHN; SARGENT, 3d (Lirut. Johr» 2 Digory 1) 
b. Dee. 4, 1732 ai Fort Su.-r.mer now Erattleboro, \'t., 
m.arried Dec. 11, 1760 Mary (b. 18 Oct., 1734, d. 10 June. 
1822) daughrcr of Capt. John and Klariha (Moore) 
Kathan of Dummcrston, Vt., and niece of Capt. Fair- 
bank Moore (see history of Dumnierston, \'t. page 21). 
Col. Sargent long had the reputation of ha\4ng been the 
first Anglo-Sa.xon c!"jild born, in Vermorit. (Tliere was 
also born in this stockade Timothy Dwight father of the 
first Presi:!ent Dv.ight of Yale College and great grand- of t!-.e present (1896) President. The following is 
the inscrip'tion upon his gravestone in the so-called 
"Sargent b.irying ground'" at V/est Ri\'cr, Brattleboro. 
. ""Sacred to the Memory of Cc*!. Jokm Sargent v.ho 
departed this life July 30, 179S, in the si.xty-si.xth year 
of his age veho now lies in the same town he v. as born 
and was the firi;t person born in the State of Vermont. 
Lo when the silent m^a^ble weeps a friend, a father 
and husband sleeps, lie ga\"e them good cou;ise! 
v.'hile he had his brcatii, advising them to prepare for 

Pare liarl\-rdi\e 

Early Sa r ge nt s of N ew England 

In 1755 he served ns scniincl in Capt. Elijali Williairis 
Company of Decrficld. In 1756 sentir-c! UijJcr 
Capl. Na'J'ian Willard at Fo;c Dummcr. Feb. 26, 
1776, he was cun\rnissioned Cnp'.ain, Aug. IS, 1776 h-- 
commissioned Li. Col. of the First or Lower Rcgi. Bravtlc- 
boro Coir.ppv.y. jvr'.c 1776 h,c was one of the Conin-auee 
to prepare instructions for the County delegates 10 the N.Y. 
Provincial Congrc!=s. 1780 member of the Cumberland 
Co. Com. of S?fciy ; same yearwas made Colonel of \Iilida, 
also representative for Brattlcboro in the General Assem- 
bly, etc. 

LIEU r. TI iOX L\S SARGENT 3 (Lieut. 2 John Digory 
1) also saw service as sentinel in the Company of w hich his 
brother Thomas v/as sentinel. He was made sergeant in 
Qipt. Josiah Boyccn's Compa.'iy of Dunimerston men. lie 
was also in the regiment of I^is brother Col. Jol^n Sargent. 

The lineage of this family ends with the -lih gencratiori, 
concerning whieh the records ha\-e little to say, buL \hc 
first, second and thi'-d generations show that the spirit of 
cotirage and fidelity to meet the issues that surrounded 
this branch of th.e Sargents was strongly emphasized. 
(See New England Flistorical 6: Genealogical Register, 
Vol. LVl 1 1— October, 1904— No. 232, page 377 for details}. 

/ 'r.:c:c fc /y 

IZ a r I V S a r ^ e n t s o { New B n ^ I a n d 

An Intcrestii'ig Group of Relationships 

Cnnipilcd by 5xiTT;Ut?l Worcester 

Martha, dau'i. liter of Edmund and Elirabclh Cooke 
Rcade, married Daniel Epcs, ar^d after his death niarricd 
in Essex Co., England, Samuel Syrnonds as liis second 
wife. They caiDc to Ai'nerica soo.n after, and settled in 
Ipswich, Ma-s., where Sami'.el Symor.ds became Deputy 
Governor of the Xlar^acrjusetts Bay Cxilony, under 
Go\'ernor John Lcveiett. 

Eli^abetli Reade, sister of MariJ-ia Reade, married in 
Ei:ig)and, John W'intlirop Jr. as his second wife. He 
became Go\'err,or of Connecticut, and died in office. Ele 
v/as foun:!er of Ipsv, ich, Mass., and of Sayb'-ook and New 
London, Conn. Tiiey had t\^'o sons, Jo'in, called Fitz- 
Jolin, and Wait Still. Thjc fomicr bccairie Go\'emor of 
Connecticat, <:nd tlie latter Cliief Jt'siice of the "Province 
of Massachusetts."" 

Martha, daughter of Samuel Symorids and his second 
wife, Martha Epcs, was born in the spring of 1637-8, aficr 
the arri\al of her parents in An'ierica, and just before tliey 
settled at Ipswich. She married Jo'in, son of Major 
General Da-iitl Dcnison, who^e wife was Paiience, daugh- 
ter of Thoinas Dudley, second Go\-ernor of Xlassachusett^. 

John Denison, tlieir son, married Elizabeth, said by the 
Mistory of Ii:sv-,-ich to be daughter of Nathaniel Sakonstali, 
hut anotlier record says she was "sister of his classmiatc, 
Gurcion Salton.^iall,"" who son of Samuel Saltonstall, 
Governor of Connecticut. 

Mary, daughter of Jo;"in Winihrop Sr., first Governor 
cf Ma^sachu.^ctts, miarriod R-v. Samuel Dudley, eldest 
son of Go\"crnor Thomas Duc'i^y. 

Page fcrly-C'nc 

Early S a r g c n t s of A' e k- E n f, I a n d 

John W'iritliro.?, F. R. S. as he is knov. Pi, was son of Wa:': 
Still Wipiihrop, son of John W'inthrop Jr. and his second 
wife, Elizabeth Reade. He married Ann, daughter of 
Joseph Dudley, son of T)io:r;as Dudley, and }iiii-,seli a 
Governor of Xiassacliuseits. Ann was a sister of Paul 
Dudley, Ci'.i^'f Justice of N'assachusctts, and niece of Paul 
Dudley, son of Gox'ernor Thomas Dudley. 

Rebecca, dauf^hier of John W'inthrop, F. R. S. married 
Gurc'on Saltonstall, son o'^ Governor Samuel Saltonstall 
of Ke»v l^ondon, Conn. 

Catherine, daugl.rcr of Jolm W'inthrop, F. R. S. niarricd 
1st. Mon. Samuel of Salem, and 2nd, Col. Epes 
Sargent as liis second wife. Col . Epes Sargent 1 lad probably 
moved from Gloucester to Salem by thai date. His nrv.' 
wife, a W'i.nlli'.op, raids the name W/intlirop ah'eady gi\"e!'i 
to one of her husband's sons, so nanies her two by 
marriage, John and Paul Dudley. The naine Jol'm hc;d 
been noted in several generations, and also bcirne by her 
father, while F^aul Dudley vsas that of her distinguished 
uncle Paul Dudley, the Chief Justice, and her great uncle, 
]^Tul Duc'iey of Boston. 

Daniel Epcs Jr., son of Martha Epes Symonds by hicr 
first marriage, rriarried 1st, his step sister Elizabeth 
Symonds, daugliter oi Samuel by his f;rst wife, and 2iy:\, 
Lucy, widow of Re\'. Sirno.n Bradstrect, soil of An:i 
Dudley and Simon Bradstreet, v.liO v. as also a Go\eriior 
of Massachusetts, and brothiCJ--in-Iaw to Major Genera! 
Daniel Denison previously n-:entioned. Lucywastheyoun.g- 
cst daughter of Rcv.JoIin W'oodbridgeand his wife Mercy, 
youngest daughter of Governor Thomas ]3ud!ey. 

Pa^c /jrly-liLO 

Early S a r <; e n t s of j\' e iv E n ,:; land 

M.-iry Epc5, 5-isicr ici Dcn-iiel Epcs Jr., and niece of Nirs. 
John Winihrcp Jr., n';.'jrricd Peter Duncan, of Gloucester, 
and v.-e find familiar names given to some of her children, 
as follovs: — Mary, her own name; Eii-abelh, the name 
of her stej:> s;."=ter and of her aunt a. 'is. W'inth.rop; Daniel, 
the name of her father and brother, Pri:;cilla, the';e of 
her step sister and Margaret, tl-.e na:":ve of her auiit Mr?. 
Lake, vho was at various times an inmate of the Wintriiop 

K'lary Duncan, da'ughter of Mary Epes ai'id Peter 
Duncan, married W'iiliam Sargent 2nd, and h.erc again 
we find family kinship infiuencijig the choice of 
Among iheir children v.e And, Peler, Mary, Daniel, Epes, 
Ann, Samuel, Fitz-John and Winthrop. 

Ruth Symonds, daughter of S.".mucl Symonds and h's 
wife Martha Reade Eoes, half sister to Mary Epes 
Duncan, married R.ev. John Emerson of Ipswich., wtiO 
received a call to Gloucester and settled there as pastor 
of the First Parish and rem.ained al30ut forty years. 

Ruth Emerson, their daughter, married Samruel Sargent; 
son of William Sargent, called Jr. son of W'illiain Sargent 
called senior, as second wife. William Sargent Sr. was in 
: Gloucester and recorded as a property holdei- in 16-19, 
while our ancestor, William Sargent, known as 2nd, born 
in Bristol, do'-^i. not appear in that tov.n until 1677 or 7%, 
and a!mo?l immediately marries Mar\' Duncan, dauglirer 
of Mary Epes and Peter Duncan. Family tradition says 
that a William Sargent, fatlier of William 2nd, was in 
Gloucester in earlier days, after years of absence from his 
English home, where lie made a ruriaway m.atch v/ith Mary 
Epes, strange coinciden.ce, v. ho disguised herself as a n'lilk- 

Puge Jcrly-ti.r,. 

Early S a r p, e n I s of N e w England 

mfiid. V/hiiC in Gloucester he met one day on the beach 
a ncv.'conicr, ^\■]■iom he welcomed and found to be a 
younger brother, born in his absence, and to whom the 
name William bind also been giccn. W'iliiam, the older 
brother, returriS to England, and m later years riij. son 
William 2nd, makes his appearance in Gloucester. No- 
where, so far as my knov/ledge goes, is ari\'thir;g said as 
to the departure from Gloucester of tlie youtiger brother 
William, so in the absence of any evidence to the contrary, 
it is my Ijelic f I'lS was the one v, ho is known as Williair: 
Sr. and was uncle to our ancestor William 2nd. 

Samuel Syn";onds took a third wife, wlio was- Rebecca, 
he bcir-/g kicr fourth husband. Sb.e was Rebecca Swai/i cf 
Salisbury, who married 1st, Henry Byley of Salisbury, 
John Hall of Salisbury, and Rev. William Worcester of 
Salisbury, from whcnj the Worcesters of this country are 
dc^ccndc-d. In viry notes on the Du^illey faniily, 1 {'v:,d 
that Rev. vSamuel Dudley, whose first wife was daugkiter 
, of Jolv'i Winthrop Sr. took as his second w ife, Mary Bylcy 
of Salisbury, v. ho was cither brother or near of kin to 
Henry Byle\', one of the husbands of the much man i:d 
Rebecca Sv.ain-Byley-I lall-Worce-ster-vSym-onds. 

This data connects up tlie William Sargent brancli of 
K'lalden, 1638 and the two Willianri Sargent branches of 
Gloucester 1649 and before 1678. 

Pcg( Jo,ly-J..,:: 

Early Sargent s u f N c w E n g Ian cl 

New England Sargcnts 

In gathering togcll-icr ilicse notes ih:; v.-riter reached the 
conclusion that back in En<;dand these many lines may 
I'lave been one jincl th,c same family. 

For instance: Take the name of V/INTKROP. 

In th.e f;eneao!o£;>' of th.e Ipsv/icl-i or Amesbury Sargcnts 
1633, as prepared by Edv/ard E\'eref.t Saigent, there is 
recorded a WdN'rHRC)? Sargent, fourth generation, bom 
Amesb'j.ry 1711 and siiice that date vp to 1863 there liave 
been n'lany W'inlbirc-.p Sargcnts in tliis branch. 

The Maiden S^argerits — 1638 — the geneak^gy prepared 
by Aaron Sai^gent records W'inthao.n F,., be-rn 180S, and 
since that date there aie a nun:ber of Wintlirops recorded. 

h'l tlu' case of William Sargent, Senior, of Gloueesrer 
16-i9, the firs'. W'inthrcp was given 1722. 

In the case of William Sargent, second, wlio .married 
Mary Duncan, jvr.c 21, 1677, they had a son vdio was 
named Winthrop, born Maich 11, 1703. Me was so 
named afiei" his great gieat t:nelc, Jolm Winthrop, Go\'erii- 
or of Conr.eciieut, who was Mary Duncan's great ur,ele, 
Johi'i Winthrop having married Illij.abeth Reade and her 
sister Martha Reade being Mary Duncari's grandmother, 
thus the nam.e of Winthrop became a family name, and 
the name was further transn'iitted by direct clescerit in the 
marriage of Epes Sargent, son of William Sargent and 
Mary Duncan, to Catherine Winthrop, a diiect descendant 
of the Wintb.rops, his th.ird cousin and second wife. This 
frequent occurrence o^ the name in the four families pre- 
sents interesting C|i;eries. 

Thie fiist William Sargent 1633, as noted in the forepart 
of ihcfc notes, cam.e over with the W'inthrop Colony. 

Pc/S Jorly-f.u 

Early S a r g c n t s of N c iv Engl c. n a 

There follov.'cd in 163S the second \\'ill:a:ri. In 16--9 ihe 
third WiJlirm, znd in 1678 the fourtli V>'i!l;:irn. W'cre 
they not more or less acquairited bcfoic coming lo this 
country ? 

Another point of co)Tlact t^Ie writer feels will be i;oterest- 
ing to the readc", namely tiie perse\'eraricc of tlic fainiiy 
type from geiieration to generation and th'is canriot be 
better illustrated trian by cc\p>"in'g a letter froiii Geneia! 
Horace Binney Sargent wriiten in May 1894. 

Santa Morjica, California, 1 0th \lay, 1S94. 
My Dear Mrs. Dickirisoii, 

Your fa\-or of tlve 26th April, addressed to me at Los 
Angeles, was forwarder! to me here, and carne to my hands 

I arn glad to Ivear from the cbrughter of my coiisi;'), the 
RcN-erend John Ti.n ner Sargent, of I ha\'e thre most 
pleasant memiorics. We made a November passage, o:ie 
fro.m England, in the Cunaixl steamship "Canada" in 
company v/ith G:orge Thon-^pson, th.e English abolitionist; 
and though we struck a reef off Xo\'a Scotia, one vSunday 
night, and cam.e near going to the bottom, thiC manly 
connposure of your fatlver, next whom I v.'as sitting ai the 
tabic, is one of the pleasant memories of his always delight- 
ful companions!-iip. 

Your uncle, Henry Jackson Sargent, v>'as my fricr^.d and 
intimate for many years, in my old quail-shooting days. 
My brother, Lucius Nranlius, junior, who was killed m a 
cavalry charge of my reg:n:;ent in X'irginia, 40 years ago, 
v/as better acquainted v.ith your uncle h^oward. Our 
gcneratio.n liappily rer.ev.e;! the clannish family rcgarcl 

Pa;,c forty- six 

Early S a r g e n t s of N e iv England 

that had been disxurbed by the second marriage of your 
grandfather's (Johjii Turner Sargent) v.idovv's inarri?-r,c 
vitii Mr. Riciin":crid. (A pencilled note by Xirs. Dickin- 
son says, "Re\'. Edvvard Riclirnond from whom divorced." 
After Wv. Richmond's death, by Act of Legislature Mrs. 
Richmond re>urned the name of Sjrgen.t. — S. \Y.) X'ly 
Father especially loved your iatlier's father, as a type of all 
that bra\'e and generous in man. Promisir.g so much, 
dear Q)u?in, to iiieet your geriealogies Jiaif v.ay, 1 deeply 
regret to gi\"c you little comfort in your quest for pictuies 
arid records. The pictures are scattered; and, being c;f 
large si.^.e, and much \"a!ued by the present possessors, 
co-.;!d j-iot, 1 suppose be easily obtained for copying. My 
son, Lucius Xlanlius, tr.e son-in-law to our late m.inister 
to France, Mr. 'J\ jcfrcson Cooli^'ge, vas as yo'u n'lay 
possibly la-.ov.', so se\^crcly injured in a huntirig field, last 
Ai:tumn, that he died on l-kh of Xoxember last. 

The pictures of my Father by Hcaly and Alvin Clad-; 
the astronomer 8r;d of your great grarrdmoiher, Maiy 
Turner, by Copley, ar,d a copy of Kicr father's portrait by 
Srnibert (John Tiirricr's), and a cc;:>y of the [portrait of 
niy great grandfather Fpes Sargent, v.ere in my son's 
house 184 Beacon St., and belong to his and :r,y descer.d- 

Professor Charles Spragtie Sargent of Brookline, Mass., 
(the son of Ignatius, my Father's nephiCv.) has some origi- 
nals. Marriages have scattered thc5e5 relies. My father 
wrote, but nc\-er pu'blishcd, a pri\-atc record of the Sarg,ent 
and Turner families in th;!S country. They were of Fng- 
lish origin. The I Ion. John Os!x)rnc Sargent, brother of 
Epcs Sargent made some researchics in England as to Ids 

i Pci^e jo: ty-scicn 

Early S a r g e n t s of New England 

branch of ths fruTiily. Mis dau[;hlcr Gcoi^qianr; \\'c!lc.s 
Sargent, is. ! belicx'e, re5ic'i:!g in Ms.'dison Square, the for- 
mer residence of her Fatlier, who was a dear and honored 
friend of mine; "Cousin Georgy " may be able to help you 
climb the tree? She was a dear charming girl, lo\-;nig her \\'ii;h full dc\-oLion, and probably pre.ser\-cd mem- 
oranda that he v.ith the care that became so good a lawyer, 
made in England. 

Our ariccsior, W'illiarn Sargent, who ran away with ^.:'^d 
married Mi>s Cpes, came from Essex, in the coiintv of 
Kent, England. 

Goj-jfusion as to the Sargent's name begins on tlie land- 
ing. For one of the first persons to meet him or to be rn: t 
by himi on the v.-harf and already I'csident, was another 
William Sargerit, Y>ho tunied out to be liis brother. 

One of these was supposed to be dead, and their j:^arents 
had named a subsequently born child, "William," Great 
confusio!! results. Sarge.nls, wit/i some family resem- 
blance turn t^p in a hundred places, and on many C/:ca.sior,s 
in America. 

The family is often striking. Menry Win- 
throp, the son of your great uncle Idenry, the artist, and 
your uncle Harry Jackson, bore a striking resemblance to 
my Father. Except h.c was a man of very 
and splendid appearance, I am often said to be evidently 
his son. 

A curiou'S proof of family likeness occurred to me in 
London. ] was buying a Ivuriting crop at a saddler's in 
Regent Si reet. I thinlc. The saddler addressed the bundle 
to "Colonel Sargent." I loolied at hlvn in surprise. This 
v/as fortv vcars ago and I had g!\-en no name. I-Je said, 

Pcfc for ly-cigh: 

Early S a r ge n ts of N e v: England 

"I beg your pardon, sir! I thouglit you were Colonel 
Sargent of, Kent, and I ought to know him — I used 
lo belong to his trcvDp. " He then called his foreman, end 
sn;d, '"Whom would you take this gentleman to be?'" 
The. man looked at me, and SGid., "I supposed it to be 
Colonel Sargent, Sir, is it I'lOl '"" I wrote my father about 
it. An immcx'iatc departure for the Continent prevented 
me from, liurjidng up my double. Sorry ncnv! It ox:curs 
to me to say tl':.'.:t Mr. Siicpard p-rintcd for the X-jass. Mis- 
lorical or the Xiass. Genealogical Society, an imperfect 
family record of my father. 1 have no copy; much error 
in it. 

And now, nry dear Cousin, I release you fro.m my tedious 
talk, Yours affectionately, 

Horace Binney Sargent, aet. 73. 

In further corroboration of this interesting family char- 
acteristic, a story current in the family years ago, was to 
the effect that a gu.cst at a dinner in London was con\-ers- 
ing with a gentleman on her left whose name she did not 
catch. He suddenly turned to her and said, ■'X4adam, 
you much rcsernbic a person 1 know." — She replied "I 
v.'as about to make th.c same rcniark as to yourself." He 
said, " 1 am a Sargent. " — "So am I, " she replied. Curious 
if true, i'lteresting if not. 

Observation from portraits of other descendants bears 
testiniony to this remarkable family likeness — ^^John Ser- 
geant, Jonathan Dickinson Sergeant, Henry B. Sargent of 
Kew }-ia\-en, George :\4yric Sargent, Charles Sprague Sar- 
gent, John Singer Sargent, have strong Sargent faces. 

Aaroii Sargent states in his boo!^ published in 1895, that 
the Coat-of-Arm,s used by the Sargents of Sh.'opjhiire, 

' Pa^c fc-rty-ni' 

Early S a r g c n t s of N c iv Engl a n d 

Siaiiordr-hlvt, Kent, Glov.ccslerslnre, and Northainpron, 
was — 

Argei'iL-— a chcxTon belv.x-cp. three dolpl'iins, cinlvowed, 
naiant, sai.^lc. Tlie Maiden Sargcnts about v.-horr; h.e 
vrilcs, v.erc from Noitliainpton, and the I'nonurnent 
erected by Th/crnas Sa;p,:.'r-it for his wife- — Dorca.r- end 
daughters in A'l S?.ints' C};i;rch., N'ortharnpton, 5'.0',\s tbiC 
Coat-of-Arms as noted al:o\'e, and the earliest 'vno\'n u^^e 
of this Coat-of-.\rni3 v/as in 1524 by Adam Ic Sz'-gerit, of 
Bridgeworth, in Siiropshirc. It uied in Staffbrdrhire 
in 1639, and is found in N'orthampshire in 1729-1738 and 
1747 on memorial laldets as belonging to members of the 
Sargent y. 

As far as knov.n, Peter Sergeant vvho canie to Bostc^ii iiV 
1669 v,Tis the fi'iZ to use the Coatof-Anris in this eoun:ry, 
but the dolphir.s were haurient in place of naiant.. em- 
bowed — 

The book plate trsed by Epes Sargent (descendaru. of 
W'illiai'n Sargent^ 2nd, of Gloucester, Mass.,v,-ho came from 
Gloucestershire Ccunty, England) i;sed a similar derign 
as referred to by Aaron Sargent, as fctind in hiis roscar'. ha 
made iri Cnglai'id. Tliis Lxxjh }"'!ate was engra\-ed by Paul 
Revere in 1765 and is the oldest book plate known in this 
country, corresponding witli the arms alluded to by Aarori 

A similar book plate is used by the present desce>"idar:'.s 
of Jonathan Sergeant of Connecticut- 
William Sargent of X-ialden. 
Williai-n Sargent of Ipsv.'ich and Amesbury. 
William Sargent, 1st, Gloucester, Mass. 
William Sargent, 2:xl, Gloucester, Mass, 

Pcjx fii'^y 

Early S a r g e n I s of N e w E n gla n d 

FaC'Siniile of hook plate 

of Bj^cs Sar,^cr:i, -rth ['cnerat ion. 

Enf;ra\-cd by Paul ]\c\-cre ; .., 
before 1770— v.-^-- '"; "■ ^' 

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Saiy.cni or Scii^eant, Dynlon. County Bucks, GiiU'?, a 
bend'nebulee or; beLv.-ccn two dolphins, cinbov,cd, or; 
crest A Do'phln cmbowed or, giJttee, a". 

Sargent, Serjeant, or Sergcnt, (Northumberland). 
Guk-sra bend nebt:lec or; between iv.o dolphins ar. 

Sargent, Sergeant, (Staffordshire) Ar. a chcv. bctv/ecn 
three dolphins embo'^ved, sa. Crest, a dolphin 
sa bctv.c two wings az. ^ 

Sargent or Sargcant, thic same arms, crest, tv,-o eagies 
wings conjoines arid invested, ppr. 

Sargent, as borne by the late John Sarger.t Esq. some- 
time Secretary of the Treasury and M. P. for Queens- 
borough. iSicon:] son of John Sargent Esq. of Halsted 
Place,"Coun'y Kent, Esq. arrP.s a chev. betw. ll-rec dol- 
phins naicnt, sa. 

Sargcaunt, (Michel Dean) cotinty Gloucester) /.ims, a 
chev. betw. three dolph.ins, sa. 

Paf.c fifl\-liio 

Early Sargcnts of N ev> England 

The author acknowledges his obligations to Mr. Hcniy 
B. Sargent, of New Haven, Connecticut; Professor Charles 
Sprague Sargent, of Brookline, N-lassachusetts ; Professor 
William Otis Saw telle, of Haverford, Pennsylvania; the 
Misses Hough, of Roxbury, Massachusetts, and to — 

Bobsons — History of Gloucester, N'lass. 

Savage — History of First Settlers New England. 

Dra!<es— History of Boston 1630-1770. 

Reminiscences of L. M. Sargent, Boston by Shcppard 

Ne\v England Historical Society — Register Vol. LX'III, 
Oct. 1904 No. 232. 

Historical Society of Penna. 

Genealogy by Aaron Sargent. 

Genealogy by Edward Everett Sargent. 

History of Philadelphia families by Frank Willing Leach, 
filed in Iiiscorical Societv Rooms at Phila. 

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